World Brexit: London agrees to resume negotiations to escape the "no deal"
Post-Brexit trade talks on brink as time runs out
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen hold crunch talks on Wednesday with time running short for the two leaders to decide on whether it is worth pursuing post-Brexit trade negotiations. The call between the two comes on the eve of an EU summit that Johnson had declared to be the deadline for a breakthrough, but a source close to the talks said he would only decide after the meeting. The European Union had neverThe call between the two comes on the eve of an EU summit that Johnson had declared to be the deadline for a breakthrough, but a source close to the talks said he would only decide after the meeting.
The United Kingdom agreed to resume on Wednesday Thursday intensive post-Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union, believing that it had received sufficient assurances from Brussels to give a new chance to discussions with a view to escaping a potentially devastating "no deal".
After nearly a week spent passing the buck, London and Brussels have registered the resumption of dialogue during a call between their negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier, the third this week.
A sprint is now opening to bridge the gap that separates them on essential issues such as fishing or the alignment of standards. Europeans believe that an agreement must be concluded before the end of October to apply on January 1, at the end of the transition period following their historic divorce on January 31.
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© Tolga AKMEN British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, January 8, 2020 in London The Prime British Minister Boris Johnson will meet with the two heads of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, on Wednesday before deciding whether the difficult post-Brexit trade negotiations are worth continuing.
"Clearly, significant differences remain between our positions on the most difficult subjects but we are ready with the EU, to see if it is possible to bring them together during intensive discussions, "a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement. "It is quite possible that the negotiations will fail," he warned.
The Commission immediately announced that a team of negotiators would leave for London on Thursday. Discussions are to be held there until Sunday. Then they will take place in person or by video conference, depending on what is decided.
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They are planned daily, weekends included and on the basis of legal texts, as London wanted without waiting for a compromise in principle.
Already difficult, the post-Brexit discussions got worse last Thursday. At the top, the 27 demanded concessions from London to reach an agreement applicable next year, when their rules cease to apply on British territory.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson then declared the talks "over" and asked his countries to prepare for a "no deal", a potentially devastating prospect for economies already shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic.
London had however left the door "ajar", saying it was waiting for a "fundamental change of approach" from the Europeans to resume dialogue.
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While the deadline of October 15 set by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was crossed on Thursday, no post-Brexit trade agreement has is still in sight between the UK and the European Union. In financial markets, the pound sterling fell 0.87% Thursday night to $ 1.2899 against the dollar, and gave up 0.5% against the euro, fearing a no-deal Brexit on January 1 next.
The reconciliation took place in several stages. On Monday, Michel Barnier said the EU remained "available to intensify" discussions, for the first time "on the basis of legal texts" without waiting for the conclusion of the discussions, a major demand from London.
- "Butter and money from butter" -
Before MEPs on Wednesday morning, he said he was ready to seek "the necessary compromises, on each side", a gesture immediately noted "with interest" by Downing Street.
"Any future agreement will be made with respect for the decision-making autonomy of the European Union and with respect for British sovereignty", he also promised, speaking to MEPs.
He judged, "despite the difficulties", an agreement still "within reach".
Discussions are still stumbling on three subjects: Europeans' access to fish-rich British waters, the guarantees demanded in London in terms of competition, and the way of settling disputes in the future agreement.
Also before MEPs on Wednesday, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, criticized London for wanting to access the single European market "while being able to deviate from our standards and regulations, when it suits it".
"You can't have the butter, the money the butter, and the smile of the dairy woman," he said.
Without an agreement, trade between the two parties will be governed by the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 1 January, synonymous with high customs duties. Even in the event of a compromise avoiding this sudden rupture, companies must prepare for time-consuming steps to export and comply with the respective standards.
The companies were not really reassured by a telephone exchange Tuesday with the government, a discussion between 250 leaders and the Prime Minister which revealed strong tensions, according to the British press.
Several participants denounced a "terrible call" and "incredibly disrespectful of their concerns", in which Boris Johnson allegedly claimed that the novel coronavirus pandemic had created "too much apathy" for companies to be ready, according to the BBC .
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Brexit: London agrees to resume negotiations to escape the "no deal" .
© Supplied by Le Point The United Kingdom agreed on Wednesday to resume intensive post-Brexit trade negotiations with the European Union on Thursday, estimating have received sufficient assurances from Brussels to give a new chance to discussions with a view to escaping a potentially devastating "no deal".